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How to ‘ace’ entertaining during Wimbledon 2023

‘Anyone for tennis?” Hollywood actor Humphrey Bogart is famously credited with saying. Count us in, Humphrey.

We’re ready for two weeks of one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world – Wimbledon 2023, which starts serving up some serious sporting entertainment from July 3.

Avid fans will know that some matches can last anything from 90 minutes to three hours. Indeed, the longest tennis match in history – between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 – lasted 11 hours and five minutes and spanned three days of the tournament, but that’s an exception to the rule.

Mostly, games last a couple of hours, so you should expect to set aside at least that amount of time – but prepare to be fixated by proceedings for much longer. So, the question is, what to eat while we watch the sporting drama unfold?

From rustled-up-quick sarnies and grazing platters to slow-cooked beef ribs, read on to discover meal suggestions and recipe inspiration to keep you fueled for one of the most entertaining events of the summer.

Classic English picnic

When it comes to watching Wimbledon, it’s important to have some delicious and easy meal ideas on hand. One option could be to make a classic English picnic spread complete with sandwiches, quiche, and strawberries and cream for dessert.

Choose from a range of cooked meats, including Lakings roast ham, cooked haslet, roast pork and roast turkey. And no picnic would be complete without a Lakings pork pie, made to our traditional recipe with Lincolnshire pork, seasoning and jelly in a deliciously crisp pastry crust.

Snacks to keep you focused

Another idea could be to whip up some quick and easy finger foods, such as cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, or even a platter of delicious skewers and meat sticks with pittas and salad. For cheese fans, we have a range of delicious cheeses to choose from – like the Lincolnshire-produced Dambuster.

With its creamy texture, we love layering this on top of another Lincolnshire classic – Myers plum loaf, laden with a chutney or pickle.

Fire up the barbecue

If you’re looking for something heartier, you could always grill some burgers or hot dogs, or make a simple pasta salad. Lakings burgers are handmade by our butchers and available as a pack of 12 which includes two Steak Burgers, two Pepper Steak Burgers, two Pork and Apple Burgers and two Lamb and Mint Burgers, each weighing in at a juicy 170g.

Equally popular are our traditional Lincolnshire Sausages – made to a traditional recipe using the finest Lincolnshire pork and our special blend of herbs and spices. They also happen to make THE ultimate hot dog!

Sweet treats from our pantry

For those of you with a sweet tooth, Lakings’ range of cakes and bakes will hit the mark. With their delicious shortcrust pastry and perfectly set filling, our egg custard tarts are delicious with a cuppa. Equally scrumptious are our coconut cherry tarts and Bakewell tarts, which we think pair well with a sparkling white wine such as Vaporetto Prosecco NV, available from The Wine Cellar in Louth.


Whatever you decide to make, just be sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks to hand throughout the matches and you’ll be sure to ‘ace’ entertaining during Wimbledon.

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